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"The Science of Habit"

March 18, 2012   

Three hours of snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies.

Another interesting article caught my eye in the April issue of Men's Journal. "The Science of Habit,” by Mark Healy reviews a new book by Charles Duhigg, Power of Habit, which explores how and why we form good habits.

For example, Duhigg describes a person who is attempting to form a running routine. Initially, the runner places his running shoes by his bed to give him a cue to run when he wakes and then has a piece of chocolate after the run to reward himself.

After awhile, the runner does not require either the cue or the reward. The theory behind this is endorphins are naturally forming in his body that make him feel good which replaces the chocolate as a reward and develops a want to keep running.

Even more interesting, other good habits then become easier to form. We become more pliable and flexible Duhigg says. So now we start to eat more healthy and add many more positive habits to our arsenal.

Lastly, it is found that people who are more friendly at the gym, tend to go more often. Then, we become happier and our self worth grows, which encourages us even more.

So place those stinky running shoes close to your bed, pop some chocolate, say “Hi!” to everyone at the gym and you will be well on your way to plenty of good health habits.

Stay Active, My Friends